The United States is experiencing a national panic over the country’s growing number of underreported cases of coronavirus, and the question is whether the national emergency will extend to the home door hinges that have become a source of concern.
In a report this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the nation has now reported 11,858 confirmed cases of COVID-19, more than any other country.
That means the total number of cases is nearly six times the number of people who have died from the disease.
The CDC’s announcement comes after the country was gripped by a series of devastating pandemic-related deaths of more than 100,000 people.
The government has also said it expects to see an additional 200,000 confirmed cases, and an additional 100,600 cases will be reported by early next week.
As a result, there’s been a rush to purchase home door and window hinges, including those made by Canadian manufacturer Murphy Door, which are often called the “big three.”
According to a Reuters report, Murphy Door said it is offering the door hinges as a “no-questions-asked” offer to consumers who want them.
The company is also offering the hinges for $149.99, down from $199.99.
It has been less than a month since the CDC first reported the number had reached more than 700,000 cases, with many blaming the spike on a shortage of home door-hanging supplies.
Murphy Door is offering a one-year warranty on the hinge.
“We have seen a surge in demand for these doors,” said John Vickers, the company’s vice president of business development.
“They are a common door in homes that are in the market and they are a critical component in many of the emergency services and emergency response programs.”
It’s unclear whether consumers will be able to purchase the hinges from Murphy Door without a deal with the government.
The manufacturer has already made it clear that it will not sell the hinges to people who are not vaccinated, meaning people who need them in their homes will not be able purchase them.
In fact, the CDC reported this week that many of its patients who have tested positive for COVID have had their symptoms and tests negative.
The CDC is also recommending that people who can’t afford to buy the hinges, or don’t want to do so, contact Murphy Door’s website for more information.